It’s about an Ohio high schooler who’s asked his mom to be his prom date because she never had one.
On top of that Trey Potter, 18, said he wanted to show his mother, MelissaRoshan (MelRo) Potter, 36, how much he admires her after everything she’s been through in her life.
“She never had that experience and she’s risked so much for throughout my life and made so many sacrifices. I thought it would be the right thing to do,” Trey Potter told WATE.com.
In an interview with People, MelRo said that when she was a pre-teen she had imagined her high school prom would be “like a fairytale.”
“I always thought I would wear a big princess ball gown and have the hottest guy in school take me, and he would look like my celeb crush: Johnny Depp!” she says. “I thought that if I had a perfect prom everything would be worth it. So when I got pregnant, I told myself, ‘Okay I’m not going to prom, I’m having a baby instead.’ And that became a theme in my life from then on.”
MelRo Potter grew up living in 23 different foster care homes. She ended up pregnant and homeless at 16.
“My mother was raped when she was 13 and I am the product from that rape,” said MelRo. “And as a result I lived in the foster care system and didn’t hear any positive reinforcements that I was valuable or worthy.”
MelRo was abused in some of the foster homes, but fought through the pain and raised her son alone. She was later discovered as a model and landed several magazine covers.
“When I was pregnant with him well, I heard, ‘Mel because you lived in the foster care system, you’re probably not going to raise a thriving individual. It just doesn’t happen. You can’t give him what you don’t have.’ So seeing who he has become and knowing the sacrifices that have been made and how much I love him and seeing that come to fruition, I’ve proved him wrong,” Potter said.
Potter turned her life around and is now an advocate for foster care children.
“I think it shows her how much I appreciate her cause I really do after all she’s been through and all I’ve been through with her,” Trey Potter said.
And how did mom MelRo enjoy her prom date with son Trey?
“I felt like a model and a movie star!” gushes MelRo. “I loved my dress, but I loved my date even more. Turns out he was even more handsome than Johnny Depp! I just felt like the luckiest mother alive.”